If you actually see the video, this title is basically false advertising. “Man fights off great white shark" is not the same as "Man swims away in panic at the sight of calm shark who's out for a leisurely swim one afternoon."
Let’s talk about what we see- a man is out with his (supposed) two friends. The girl seems to have already gone for a swim, and it’s the guy’s turn next. He straps the Go-Pro onto the headmount and plunges off the side of a cliff, only for his guy friend to yell, “Shark!” a few seconds later. Instead of heading to land, he pursues the shark, encounters said shark and screams underwater, shark swims by him, and he swims after the shark again. This time the shark gets closer and he “kicks” at it (in parentheses because I don’t know if that constitutes as a kick). Shark leaves and man heads to shore.
First, let’s talk about the title of this little video. “Man fights off great white shark” would bring anyone’s attention. But that’s hardly what goes on here. I find it peculiar that the title starts off with “GoPro,” though. Who does that? That’s usually left for the description of the video, no?
Second, speaking of GoPro, they don’t do footage at such a low quality- they boast about that. GoPro videos start at 720p and after analysis of this video, this is not good HD.
And, let’s talk about “Terry Tufferson” the man who uploaded this video. One video on the channel. Peculiar, no?
Now to analyze the actual video.
I want to talk about Terry’s compadres over here for a second. If my friend was in the vicinity of a shark, and I pointed it out to him, I would have a bit more enthusiasm screaming, “Shark!” I’m surprised the girl wasn’t screaming too (out of glee or fear). Also, when “Terry” resurfaces, why don’t we hear his friends asking him if he’s alright, or pleading for him to get out of the water? Why are they not down by the bay to make sure he’s okay?
Either “Terry” has crappy friends who paid the shark to eat Terry (and the shark failed) or this is staged. I’m going with the latter.
Also, the probability of the shark going out to the proposed sighted area and then back into that little corner is, in my opinion, highly unlikely. Why would it a) be in such a place devoid of food and b) not continue swimming along the perimeter or the cliff? Why go out just to come back in?
(According to some users, they contacted the Emergency Department of Sydney, who claimed no shark was reported at this location.)
As we continue on with the video, we see the guy’s reaction (around 00:40) to the shark that he willingly swam towards- screaming. A bunch of users have pointed the next fact out: if the GoPro was mounted to his head, why did no bubbles come out while we screamed?
Because it’s probably fake, that’s why.
Around this time we also see the first, in my opinion, concrete evidence as to why this is fake: the shark’s caudal fin.
There is some talk about how the shark “teleports” from different parts of the screen after these two encounters, but I focus to the shark’s reaction when “Terry” quickly kicks at it. In my time seeing sharks in the wild- which admittedly is considerably less than many senior shark scientists- I have not seen a shark react that calmly when kicked at.
“Terry” then swims onto shore and gasps out an expletive.
The comments on this massively popular video range wildly, from those crying foul in the silliest of manners:
There should be a category on YouTube for these kinds of videos: Fake entertainment.
What do YOU think? Is the video fake or real? Tell me why!
For anyone who was thinking it was real.